MDCC graduates law enforcement professionals
The next generation of law enforcement professionals recently graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy on the college’s Moorhead, Miss., campus.
“This was a great class,” says Law Enforcement Training Academy Director Amy Vandiver. “Each individual not only graduated with a law enforcement certification, but also with 22 college credit hours.”
Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to host law enforcement training for the officers of the great state of Mississippi. Our Law Enforcement Training Academy, more commonly known as LETA, is accelerating by leaps and bounds. In an effort to produce more efficient and safety conscious officers, we offer our cadets a twelve-week training regimen including physical fitness examinations, firearms certification and classroom training. In addition to the mandatory 12-week training course, LETA also offers advanced training to police officers.
Training for the Academy’s next class will begin August 17, and applications are currently being accepted. Prior military members are accepted and can use their G.I. Bill benefits to pay for their tuition. Also, individuals not currently employed by an agency may still apply through the self-sponsor option.
Located on MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss., campus, the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) is a Class I State Academy accredited by the Mississippi Board on Law Enforcement Officers' Standards and Training to offer all levels of training to law enforcement officers from the Delta region of Mississippi and from across the state.
For more information about the Law Enforcement Training Academy, or for an application, visit www.msdelta.edu or call Ms. Cook at 662.246-6436.
CUTLINE: Recent graduates of MDCC’s Law Enforcement Training Academy include: (front l. to r) Dean Bearden, LETA Training Coordinator; Amy Vandiver, LETA Director; Tannaze Weeks, Lambert P. D.; Javery Howard, Greenville P. D.; Johnathan West, Greenville P. D.; Antwan Bailey, Durant P. D.; Christina Brown, Jackson Public Schools P. D.; Jason Myers, Sherman P. D.; Henry Manuel, MDCC Police Chief; Brent Swan, LETA Training Officer; (second row l. to r.) Diane Cook, LETA Administrative Assistant; Zachary Underwood, Greenwood P. D.; Skyla Tillis, Canton P. D.; Jeremy Stanley, self sponsored; Johnny Glover, self sponsored; Darnell Christman, Greenville P. D.; Jonathan Collums, Pontotoc
County Sheriff’s Department; Eddie Love, Greenville P. D.; Joshua Sanders, Rolling Fork P. D.; (third row l. to r.) Paul Allen, self sponsored; Vana Rush, MDOC; Steven Cossey, self sponsored; Timothy Matthews, Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department; Joshua Johns, Jackson
Public Schools P. D.; Scott Reed, East Central CC P. D.; Steven McLarty, Sardis
P. D.; (fourth row l. to r.) Anthony Jones, Holly Springs P. D.; Kendric Travis, Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department; Walter Mangum, Jackson Public Schools P. D.; Davarcus Wade,Clarksdale P. D.; James Payne, self sponsored; and Kristopher King, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.
D. Reed Abraham
Associate Vice President
Public Relations / College Advancement
Mississippi Delta Community College
Office: (662) 246-6273
Congratulations to the Practical Nursing class!
The MDCC Practical Nursing class won first place and received a plaque in the t-shirt contest held during the Mississippi LPN Association Convention in Biloxi this past spring. At the convention, the students competed in events pertaining to the practical nursing profession and many placed, including several in first place!
Mississippi Delta Community College will hold a Fundamentals Basketball Camp for youngsters entering the 5th through 12th grades from July 28 through July 31 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum on the Moorhead campus.
The camp is for both boys and girls and will be conducted by MDCC Head Basketball Coaches Derrick Fears and Burnadette McDonald. It will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Campers will be instructed in such fundamentals as dribbling, passing, shooting, and the importance of team play.
The cost of the camp is $50 per participant and t-shirts and awards will be provided. Early registration can be done by calling Coach Derrick Fears at 901-238-5756. Registration will also be held the first morning of the camp.
Athletes from every one of Mississippi Delta Community College’s five sports teams and three teams as a whole were recognized on either the state or national level for their academic excellence in the classroom this week, according to MDCC Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized the Trojans’ baseball, basketball and softball teams for their cumulative grade point averages. The Baseball team, under Coach Michael Avalon, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 3.37 GPA and was first in the state among the seven Mississippi teams recognized.
The Lady Trojans basketball team, under Coach Burnadette McDonald, finished the year with a 3.12 GPA and was first in the state among the four Mississippi teams recognized. The Lady Trojans softball team, under Coach Chris Watford, was also recognized nationally and finished the year with a 3.14 GPA.
In all, 15 MDCC athletes were also honored by Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges (MACJC) for their achievements in the classroom. These All-State Academic Scholars had a GPA of 3.25 or better. Those with a GPA of 3.80 of better were also recognized as Distinguished Honors. They were Bill McRight of Vicksburg (football), Danny Springer of Houston (baseball) and Kelli Stevens of Rolling Fork (softball).
The MACJC All-State Academic Scholars from the baseball team were Nathaniel Dickens of Canton, John Lafever of Holly Springs, Colby Maner of Morton, Tyler Mize of Paris, and Conner Osborne of West Monroe, LA. All-State from the football team were John Marsh of Greenville, Payton Pearson of Isola, and Eric Snow of Yazoo City. Women’s basketball All-State were India Overstreet of Hernando and Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia and men’s basketball was Michael Sapp of Holcomb. Softball was Sara Gunter of Pensacola, FL.
Nationally, during the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom.
Bill McRight, Danny Springer and Kelli Stevens received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Excellence for GPAs between 3.80 and 3.99. Sara Gunther, John Lefever, John Marsh, Colby Manor, Conner Osborne, and Michael Sapp received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for GPA's between 3.60 and 3.79.
Mississippi Delta Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony June 12 to celebrate the construction of the Moorhead, Miss., college’s new Vandiver Student Union. The new $4 million student center, named for the college’s first president, is slated to be completed by the fall of 2015.
“This new facility will provide a state-of-the-art union building for current and future students at MDCC,” says MDCC President Larry Nabors.
Designed by Beard & Riser Architects of Greenwood, Miss, the 11,600-square-foot student-centered facility, will feature lounge space, multipurpose conference room/meeting space, a suite of offices for the Office of Student Services, a food service grill, game room, restrooms and a fitness room.
The original Vandiver Student Union was demolished in 2011 and the campus has been without a dedicated a student center since.
Paula S. Sykes, chair of the MDCC board of trustees, says, “As a Board of Trustees, it is our vision that this building will be filled with opportunities for the enhancement of the quality of life for our students. Imagine the memories that will be created here as students learn, grow and interact with others. Students will learn, study, make friends, find job opportunities, create relationships that will follow them all through their adult life, and they may even meet their future wife or spouse in this very building.”
“The memories that will start here in this building are invaluable and life lasting. This building will be a show place to serve the entire six-county area of the Mississippi Delta Community College district for many years to come,” adds Sykes.
Designed to complement the existing campus architecture and open itself to the landscape for student gatherings, the new facility’s exterior design was influenced by existing campus buildings, with a muted palette of beige-colored brick, stucco and wood trim. Large gabled roof overhangs will provide deep porch areas to enhance student gathering and provide relief from the climate.
The project was funded by the Mississippi State Legislature through the passing of HB1701 in 2013. D. Carroll Construction, LLC, of Oxford, Mississippi was selected as the project contractor.
The staff appreciation committee is composed of staff members representing different areas of the college. This committee randomly selects a department each month, and the employees working in that department select the award recipient. The committee arranges a special gift basket for the monthly recipients. In addition, the committee organizes the annual luncheon held at the president's home. Committee members pictured left to right: Linda Clark, Audra Perry, Angela White, Tonya Rice, and Felicia Nash. (Not pictured: Sarah Buchanan)